Rent The Statue (1971)

2.8 of 5 from 52 ratings
1h 29min
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The old saying goes "Not all men are created equal" and 'The Statue' certainly proves the point! David Niven stars in this uproarious comedy about an eminent professor awarded the ultimate accolade - a statue of himself in London's Grosvenor Square. But Niven is less than impressed when he finally sees the huge erection. The penis on the marble figure doesn't actually belong to him! Niven embarks on a frantic journey across Europe to uncover the real owner of the offending member, but his quest to find the truth has hilarious consequences.
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Anis Nohra
Alec Coppel, Denis Norden
Odeon Entertainment
British Films, Classics, Comedy
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Run Time:
89 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1
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A Very Dated 1970 British Comedy Curio like NO SEX PLEASE. WE'RE BRITISH (John Cleese co-stars) - The Statue review by PV

Spoiler Alert

This is one of those movies based on stage plays that for a brief period in the last 60s were very popular, no doubt an innuendo-drenched reaction to the lifting of stage censorship by the Lord Chancellor in 1966.

Other plays in the same vein are NO SEX PLEASE. WE'RE BRITISH and THERE'S A GIRL IN MY SOUP. None of this stuff has aged well. Benny Hill has - watch that on YouTube.

These days, it looks SO dated - as if the sight of a penis on a statue would be enough to get an A certificate or a ban. Maybe it was funny in the late 60s/early 70s. Now it's more a curiosity piece. No doubt these days the feminists would call it sexist and get hysterical. It may therefore be fun to organise a MeToo film show just for them!

John Cleese plays a funny character - a psychiatrist who hates patients and psychiatry - and Tim Brooke-Taylor also there doing a posho character, suited to these public school-educated Python-esque comedians.

3 stars - for students of film either.

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